The Jazz Congress is a co-presentation of JazzTimes and Jazz at Lincoln Center, who would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support.

 Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for   JanArtsNYC   (formerly, "January In NYC"). A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind.

Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for JanArtsNYC (formerly, "January In NYC"). A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind.

Jazz Congress 2019 Sponsors

Opening Night Reception sponsor: BOLDEN
Celebrate opening night of Jazz Congress with BOLDEN, inspired by the life of Buddy Bolden. The film reimagines the compelling, powerful and tragic life of an unsung American hero who invented Jazz.

Jazz Congress night at Dizzy’s Club sponsor: Motema Music
The award-winning Motéma label, based in Harlem in New York City, promotes artists of power and distinction who are masters at their craft, sensational live performers, and who care about making a positive difference in the world. The label specializes in music which spans genres, cultures, and generations and has received GRAMMY ® recognition for over twenty releases in the jazz, reggae and R&B genres.  Perhaps best known for surprising debuts which have led to iconic international careers, it was Motema who first launched jazz-soul superstar Gregory Porter with the Grammy® recognized releases Water & Be Good and also launched the first recordings of the astonishing pianist Joey Alexander whose twice-GRAMMY ® nominated debut, My Favorite Things, led to appearances on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper, The Today Show with Lester Holt, the telecast of the 58th GRAMMY® Awards and a vital international career.  Motema's diverse roster of over 175 recordings strikes a balance between established jazz icons (such as NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, pianist/educator/innovator Geri Allen, reggae-jazz innovator Monty Alexander, experimental jazz titan David Murray, the Multi Grammy-winning Latin-Jazz innovator Arturo O'Farril, and Multi-Grammy nominated vocal maverick Rene Marie to name a few),  upcoming innovative contemporary leaders such as Donny McCaslin, Mark Guilanna, Ben Wendel, Pedrito Martinez and Jaimeo Brown, and debuts by promising composer/performer/leaders.

Tote Bag Sponsor: Mack Avenue Records

Tote Bag Sponsor: Vocalist Youn Sun Nah

Promotional Partners

Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP)

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (formerly Association of Performing Arts Presenters) is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts and the convener of APAP|NYC, the world’s leading gathering of performing arts professionals, every January in New York City. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it.

Association of Songwriters, Composers, and Publishers (ASCAP)

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 575,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by the membership. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works.

Chamber Music America (CMA)

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network of chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen the chamber music community. CMA defines chamber music as music for small ensembles between two and ten musicians, one per part, generally without a conductor. With a membership of over 6,000, including composers, ensembles, presenters, managers, educators, music businesses, and enthusiasts, CMA welcomes a wide range of musical styles including jazz, classical, contemporary, world music and evolving forms. CMA offers grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, a national conference, seminars and electronic and print publications.

International Jazz Festivals Organization (IJFO)

The IJFO is an umbrella organization of 16 leading jazz festivals worldwide. The members do not compete territorially and are situated at times which allow for the touring of common projects. Synergies are developed during four annual meetings in September (varying locations), October (New York City), January (New York City) and March (London). The history of IJFO goes back more than 30 years. Several European jazz festivals promoters (Paul Acket, Norbert Gamsohn, Jyrki Kangas, Claude Nobs and Fritz Thom) met in Paris in 1982 to discuss a tour with Miles Davis. Three promoters emerged out of this Paris meeting as the core of what became the EJFO (European Jazz Festivals Organization): Paul Acket (North Sea), Jyrki Kangas (Pori) and Fritz Thom (Vienna). In 1988, Paul Acket invited 7 European jazz festivals to meet in New York, among them were Molde, North Sea, Pori, Vienna (Austria) and Vitoria. This was the birth of the EJFO. Shortly after that, Umbria Jazz and Vienne (France) joined, followed a bit later by Istanbul and Montreux. After Montreal joined the organization a few years ago, the time was finally right in 2002, after Monterey came on board, for the original European association to go international. This was the birth of the IJFO – the International Jazz Festivals Organization.

Jazz Education Network (JEN)

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a global non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States of America that seeks to advance jazz education, promote performance, and develop new audiences. JEN was founded in 2008 in Chicago and now has thousands of members from every USA state, Canada, and around the globe.

Jazz Journalists Association (JJA)

The Jazz Journalists Association is a non-profit professional organization of writers, photographers, broadcasters, videographers, new media producers and their supporters, dedicated to sustaining informed news and views of all styles of jazz in all media. Founded in 1988, the JJA presents free online webinars, holds local meetups of members and contacts, encourages grassroots celebrations of Jazz Appreciation Month through its JazzApril campaign, honors Jazz Heroes and for 22 years has recognized excellence in jazz and jazz journalism through its annual Jazz Awards.

Jazz Promo Services

Established in 2000 by jazz business veteran Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services specializes in publicity campaigns for the music community, artists, labels, venues and live events. An early adopter of the internet, Jazz Promo Services was a pioneer in email marketing. Over the past 15 years Jazz Promo Services has built one of the largest contact data bases for the jazz business; press, radio and industry. With just one click of the mouse using the Jazz Promo Services email service you can reach the who’s who of the jazz industry. manages the online presence including websites and social media for hundreds of jazz musicians, organizations and festivals.


JazzWeek is the weekly guide to jazz airplay in the U.S. and Canada, compiling spin reports submitted each week by broadcast and internet radio. Since 2001, labels, recording artists and independent radio promoters have relied on JazzWeek to measure the success of their new jazz releases.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. MAAF is committed to supporting jazz in the region, nationally, and internationally through its regional touring programs, as well as the Living Legacy Jazz Award, the Jazz Touring Network, and USArtists International.


SESAC, Inc. is a performing rights organization, designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. SESAC is the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization representing the best songwriters, composers and music publishers in every genre of music. Established in 1930, SESAC is the ONLY PRO to pay monthly radio royalties and was the FIRST among the PROs to pay for live performances to songwriters and publishers. SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Jazz, Adult Contemporary, Urban, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance and Classical. SESAC represents an impressive gallery of artist catalogs including Cassandra Wilson, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, Robert Johnson’s catalog and many other artists and composers.

The Western Jazz Presenters Network

The Western Jazz Presenters Network (WJPN) is a coalition of jazz presenters in the western region of North America. The WJPN is dedicated to networking, professional development and block-booking of jazz artists to make it financially viable for presenters, especially from rural and underserved communities, to bring national jazz artists to their audiences.